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Tag: sex

February 2021

Autism in girls: Jumping hurdles on the path to diagnosis

by  /  3 February 2021

The barriers to an autism diagnosis are especially challenging for women and girls. A big part of the problem is still the perception of autism as a ‘male’ condition.

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January 2021
Two rats interacting

Female rats master social recognition later than males do

by  /  12 January 2021

Young male rats can recognize rats they’ve recently met, whereas young females treat new acquaintances like strangers, research shows.

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‘Litter effects’ may skew findings in mouse studies

by  /  11 January 2021

Even when they share identical genetic backgrounds, mice from separate litters show different patterns of development, according to a new study.

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December 2020
Depressed teenager sitting on floor in darkened hallway.

Co-occurring psychiatric conditions put autistic people at risk for self-harm

by  /  11 December 2020

Autistic people are at an increased risk for intentional self-harm and death by suicide, but co-occurring psychiatric conditions may drive those behaviors.

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Catalog details sex differences in gene expression, regulation

by  /  2 December 2020

Researchers expand a massive repository of data on gene activity in people to show differences between males and females.

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November 2020
Donna Werling portrait

Webinar: Donna Werling on gene-expression differences in the brains of autistic people

18 November 2020

On 18 November, Donna Werling spoke about gene-expression patterns in the brains of autistic people, with an emphasis on neurobiology and sex differences.

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October 2020

Reactions from ASHG 2020

by  /  30 October 2020

Get the inside scoop from the 2020 American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting.

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Illustration shows young woman surrounded by the confusion of puberty and body changes.

Puberty may arrive early for some autistic girls

by  /  27 October 2020

Girls with autism tend to start puberty earlier than their peers do, which may intensify their social difficulties and put them at an increased risk for bullying and mental health conditions such as depression.

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Beyond the bench: A conversation with William Mandy

by  /  20 October 2020

William Mandy talks about the golden hours for writing and why — when there isn’t a pandemic — he likes attending conferences in new parts of the world.

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Mother and child having a conversation in nature.

Traits in mothers may signal gene variants for autism

by  /  16 October 2020

Autistic children’s traits track with subtle, autism-like behaviors in their mothers; women with these traits may also carry a genetic predisposition to the condition.

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